Easter Recipes & Table Settings

Plan your Easter Sunday celebration with menus, recipes, and table-setting ideas from the experts at Southern Living.

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Forgo plain white for a mix of fresh colors and motifs. Here, designer Jane Scott artfully layered Raynaud’s Festivite and Herend’s Fish Scale china with lavender Anna Weatherley chargers. But even when you’re thinking outside the box, keep the classics on lock: Old standbys, such as your grandmother’s silver flatware, can ground even the most contemporary scheme.

 

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Easter Egg Hunt

2017-03-30_14-27-12Spring has sprung in Princeton and our little ones are excited for the annual Easter Egg Hunt!

April 15 & 16 10a-4p

Celebrate the arrival of spring at Terhune Orchards’ Bunny Chase on Easter weekend. Come for a free, fun event for all young ones and their families. Follow the treasure hunt clues and find our spring surprise at the end of the hunt! Wonderful for children ages 2-8 years. Each child can make a bunny to take home; everyone can enjoy a Terhune Orchards bunny cookie. Enjoy wagon rides around the farm and pony rides too!
330 Cold Soil Road Princeton, NJ

Kinnara Ensemble Presents “Provenance”

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Saturday, April 1st at 8 pm/ All Saints Church/ Princeton

New Jersey’s premiere professional chamber choir, Kinnara Ensemble,
presents “Provenance” The final concert series of its 2016-2017 season,
“Provenance” is a celebration of the diversity and richness of Kinnara
Ensemble’s decade of music-making. Highlights of the program inlcude
selections from Poulenc’s Sept Chansons, Ginastera’s Lamentations of Jeremiah, as well as works by the late composer Stephen Paulus, among others.

Tickets are $10 for students and $25 General Admission.

The Journey to a Calm & Happy Home

2017-03-16_10-05-48There’s more to a beautiful home than just the decor and furnishings you put into it. Your home also needs to function well, and be a calm and happy respite from the rest of your hectic life. If you can’t say those things about your space, then it’s likely you might feel a little off-balance in your life, overall. A happy home is the finishing touch on a happy life.

How this particular deficit might manifest in your life is an overall feeling like you don’t have a good routine down; like you’re always catching up instead of keeping up. Instead of being a consistently calm environment, your home functions in cycles, first into a chaotic mess and then—after the resulting tornado of cleaning—spotless but short-lived harmony.

In order to bring your life into balance, it can help to see a top-down, bird’s-eye view.

If that sounds all too familiar, you need to find homeostasis. And a routine that works for you. Read through some of these resources to see if you can figure out how to bring this part of your life back into balance.

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Guidance for first-time home buyers

2017-03-02_11-47-28The economy is improving, interest rates are low and many consumers now find themselves in a great position financially to become a first-time homeowner. But the booming real estate market is resulting in rising home prices and increased competition for the most desirable properties.

The S& P/Case-Shiller national home-price index recently estimated that 2016 prices are within four percent of the peak in 2006. In some areas, low inventories around the country are making the situation even more challenging. Continue reading

Winter Preschool Nature Classes

2017-03-02_14-16-47Preschool programs are designed for children 3-5 years old (parent must stay with child under 4yrs). Classes meet year-round at the Watershed Center and always include outdoor exploration, so children and adults should dress accordingly. The classes are offered on Tuesdays (10:00 – 11:30AM) and Wednesdays (1:00-2:30PM).

Winter 2017 preschool special…Register and pay for 5 classes, receive a 6th class FREE. When available, you can ‘mix and match’ the day of the week. We recommend that children (and adults) come dressed for wintery weather (long pants, jacket, boots, hat and mittens) – we always spend part of the class exploring outdoors.

Winter March 7 and 8: What’s for Lunch? March 14 and 15: Creatures of the Night March 21 and 22: Wildlife in our Lives March 28 and 29: Animal’s Special Tools Pre-registration is required.

31 Titus Mill Road

Pennington, NJ 08534

Phone: (609) 737-7592

Presented By: Stony Brook – Millstone Watershed Association

Dates: 2/28/2017, 3/7/2017, 3/14/2017, 3/21/2017

Location: The Watershed Center, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Price: Fee per child: $10 Members of SBMWA/$15 Non-Members of SBMWA

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Princeton Pi Day

pi_day_2015_aSaturday, March 11
3:14 pm

Albert Einstein’s birthday is March 14 – or 3.14, the numeric equivalent of Pi.  So come celebrate with us as we participate in Princeton Pi Day!

Pie Throwing Event
The first pie will fly at 3:14pm.

$1 per throw with all proceeds to benefit the Princeton Educational Fund Teacher Mini-Grant Program.

For a full event schedule and a list of participating merchants visit:http://www.pidayprinceton.com/  

The Dos and Don’ts of Renting Your First Home

how-to-rent-your-first-apartment-2-768x512Renting a property isn’t always as straightforward as you might think, and there are several important considerations when starting your search for somewhere to live. Some dos and don’ts are worth observing:

Don’t rush – it’s tempting to jump at the chance of renting a property you really like the look of, but take your time and go through the following dos and don’ts carefully.

Do check the location is right for you – is the property in the best location to meet your needs? How close is it to your workplace? How good are transport links? Are the amenities you desire within easy reach?

Research the neighborhood as far as you can. Use a map resource such as this one to start, then ideally visit it and take a thorough look round and check out the whereabouts of amenities.

Do set a budget – rentals obviously vary by type of property, location and by specific area. You may have to budget for higher rentals if you have to – or simply want to – live in a specific part of the country. For example, San Francisco or New York would be at the higher end of the scale.

To get a feel for rentals by area and types of property available check out online resources. For example, if you’re looking in the Houston area you can use a resource such as ForRent to search for suitable properties in this thriving Texan city.

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5 easy DIY projects to tackle this winter

2017-02-06_11-50-34The winter months are the perfect time to dig in and tackle easy DIY projects for an updated home you’ll enjoy all year long. These five simple home improvement projects are incredibly easy, affordable and can be completed in three hours or less.

Marvelous mirrors

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, you’re looking a little shabby. Mirrors are timeless decor options, but the frames can look dated over time. Breathe new life into an old mirror by painting the frame a rich, modern color that pops within the current color scheme. Another idea is to clean the frame and adhere mosaic tiles along the edge for a crafty, custom look.

Handsome hardware

Old hardware makes any room look like a relic of yesteryear. A complete replacement can be costly, so instead opt to paint existing hardware. Simply remove and clean to eliminate grime. Then use one of 11 colors of Krylon(R) Premium Metallic, like Pewter Gray or White Copper, to create a lustrous, high-gloss metallic finish in just a few coats. A tip for painting hardware is to use an old egg carton. Turn the egg carton upside down, secure the hardware to the egg cups and spray away!

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Simple Tips to Create a Pure Home

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When you think about creating a better lifestyle for you and your family, you may first consider factors such as healthy eating and exercise. However, things as simple as a clean kitchen or stocking your pantry with gentle products can create a pure home and help to benefit you and your family’s health and happiness.

Creating a pure home environment doesn’t have to be something that is done all at once. You can gradually integrate new habits and better-for-you products for cleaner living. Get started with these ideas:

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